Health & Wellness

People are becoming increasingly more health conscious.

 They are looking for products to help them look and feel their best at every age. But was does health and wellness actually mean?  Well we define health holistically as a state of well-being that encompasses mind, body, spirit and community. Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. So to me a health and wellness lifestyle is focused on nourishing and strengthening your mental, physical and spiritual health, with the goal of having a well-rounded and rewarding life.

Healthy Eating -  it all starts with food- what you put into your body on a daily basis is the single most important thing you can do for your health.

Eat More Nutrient Dense Foods

Focus on the nourishing and healthy aspects of real foods, natural foods, and focus on trying to incorporate more of them, rather than focusing not eating ‘bad’ foods. Start by just trying to add more healthy foods into your diet. Add more vegetables and healthy fats and focus on the nourishing aspect of food, rather than just the pleasing one. Think of it this way. There are no neutral foods, they help you or they harm you, so make a positive decision.

Drink More Water

Start the day with a glass of water or herbal tea. Drink hydrating liquids between meals. Drinking the amount of water your body needs will improve your sleep, your energy levels, rid you of headaches and improve your skin.

Supplement Wisely

It is best to get your vitamins and minerals from foods but we all know this isn’t always possible and it is sometimes necessary to supplement certain nutrients. Choose wisely and buy the best supplements you can afford to buy. Ask for advice and check out supplement reviews.

Lifestyle factors play a huge part in overall health.

Get Some Sleep

Most people seem to agree that sleep is important and that missing too much of it too often can really affect your health. We know it’s important, but the statistics show us we still aren’t getting enough sleep. We need between 6-8 hours per night. There are lots of ways to improve the quality of your sleep, you can look at the foods you eat, supplements you do or don’t take, the environment in which you sleep. For example many people improve their sleep by increasing their Magnesium levels, as Magnesium plays a key role in regulating hormones, including sleep hormones.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

We all know stress dramatically influences our health. It disrupts normal hormone production and affects everything from blood sugar levels to sleep quality.  This can result in a torrent of hormone and health problems. Not worrying, getting stressed and being happy can be hard to practise though. I have found mindfulness to be a great tool in stress reduction, with the added benefits of improving my sleep, focus and reducing my emotional reactivity. I love using the Buddifhy App - http://buddhify.com.

Exercise Wisely

Exercise is important, but remember a healthy body is made in the kitchen, not the gym. We have all tried in vain to out-exercise a bad diet.  Fitness is a vital part of any wellness routine. There are lots of great was to improve your fitness, such as using weights, running, swimming, and various others. So go out and discover how you like to exercise and make it part of your healthy life.

Clean Without Toxins

Household cleaners and detergents are a major source of chemical exposure for many people, which in turn causes health problems. There are lots of great recipes online for natural, homemade cleaners, or why not use a microfiber cloth? , since no cleaners are needed at all, but if you don’t want to use microfiber.

Buy Your Beauty Products Shrewdly

We are all exposed to toxic chemicals every day, in the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink and household products. Most worryingly through certain cosmetics and personal care products. As a result, we all carry toxic industrial chemicals inside our bodies. These chemicals, through scientific research, have been linked to disease. Some of your everyday products for example will contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. In order to protect ourselves and our families we need to start looking at the chemicals contained in everything from lipstick, to moisturiser, to shampoo to shaving cream.

Avoid products that contain:  talc | tallow | carbon black | parabens | formaldehyde-donating preservatives | phthalates | formaldehyde | alkylphenols | benzene | monoethanolamine | triclosan | synthetic dyes | hydroquinone | artificial sweeteners | artificial flavors | cholesterol | trans fats | mineral oil

Spend Some Time in the Sun

All sun exposure is not harmful. When a person is in the sun without sunscreen, the body naturally makes Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to have a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.